Kelly Rowland confirms X Factor exit

Kelly Rowland has confirmed she will not be making a return as a judge on 'The X Factor' due to her busy schedule

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland has confirmed she will not be returning to 'The X Factor'.

The 'Down for Whatever' hitmaker - who made her debut on the ITV singing contest last year - claimed she "loved" taking part in 2011, but would not be able to come back for a second season.

She said: "I love the UK and being part of the show last year. Mentoring the girls was such an incredible experience I will never forget. I would like to thank Simon for the great opportunity and asking me to be a judge last season."

Her spokesperson confirmed Kelly, who caused controversy when she returned to Los Angeles one week and called in sick, would not be able to appear again because of her busy schedule.

The representative said: "After much speculation, we can officially confirm today that Kelly Rowland has decided not to return as a judge again for this year's UK 'X Factor'.

"Global commitments coupled with the show's increasing demands this year mean that, despite weeks of deliberation with the show, Kelly has not been able to agree a deal that fits into her autumn/winter schedule, so sadly cannot accept a place on the 2012 panel."

Gary Barlow is currently the only confirmed judge to be back on the series, but it is expected Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh will be returning, meaning space for one more - widely expected to be Katy Perry or Dannii Minogue.

An 'X Factor' spokesperson said: "The judging panel will be announced in due course."

Kelly Rowland

The former Destiny's Child vocalist now performing solo.

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